August 11, 2015

No, folks, I am not having a mid-life crisis!  I am simply helping maintain what has become a long-standing family tradition, arguably as significant to us as traditional national holidays like the 4th of July and Thanksgiving! The Sarchets have been enjoying Lollapalo...

August 1, 2015

The following are excerpts from a recently published ARTSBLOG by Americans for the Arts:

Every year the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy publishes their annual Giving USA analysis on philanthropy. Their latest report shows that 2014 was a very good...

August 1, 2015

If you look into the orchestra pit and take note of the strange contortions into which we twist to play our various instruments, you will not find it surprising that many professional musicians suffer from chronic pain. Flutists pull back the left wrist; trombonists, t...

July 25, 2015

As I sit here right now, I am aware of a sharp pain in my neck when I turn to the left, lower back tenderness, and a persistent cramping in my right hand.  I am a violinist, and I have come to accept these pains as occupational hazards.  But two years ago, I was hit wi...

Fritz’s summer music plans take him to St. Paul, MN and Santa Cruz, CA. On June 5-6, he played Dvorak’s Legends with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Christian Zacharias.

This August will mark his 10th season playing with the Cabrillo Festival of...

For the past 25 years Door County, WI has been the home of Midsummer’s Music Festival featuring chamber music of all kinds in a wide variety of locations including homes, art galleries, museums, churches, barns, and boat houses – the kind of intriguing and beguiling sp...

Ahh, summer in Chicago!  It's a beautiful city in which to live and work this time of year, despite eternal re-routing to avoid construction.  On a lovely mild day it's hard to find a better place to call 'the office' than Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park.  I and...

June 3, 2015

Twenty-five years ago Lyric Opera cellist Laura Deming and several orchestra colleagues performed the opening concerts launching The Pine Mountain Music Festival in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Laura’s home at the time. Celebrity radio voice-over and Word Jazz crea...

On Monday, May 18, a trio from the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Concertmaster Robert Hanford, guest guitarist Steven Roberts, and myself, cellist Mark Brandfonbrener, accompanied Lyric’s Creative Consultant and leading diva Renee Fleming in “America the Beautiful” during the...

For many summers I have traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to participate in the Grand Teton Music Festival (gtmf.org) . It is a music festival featuring a large symphonic orchestra in programs each weekend. Musicians from orchestras around the country travel to NW Wyom...

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